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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Porting a title is no easy task... especially if it’s coming from PC. There are certain variables that often don’t work on consoles as they do on its computer counterpart. 4J Studios, Mojang and Notch had their hands full when they positioned the idea of moving Minecraft to the Xbox 360. While a few features didn’t make the cross over, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is a near flawless transition.

The Pros: 

+ The essence of Minecraft wasn't lost in transition

+ An innovative crafting experience is introduced

+ Split screen co-operative play

The Cons: 

- Movement can be a bit iffy at times

- Inventory cursor lacks the accuracy of a mouse Rating : 

Oh Minecraft... how I resented playing you for the longest time, for fear that I would be absorbed into your blocky world. Coming into the Xbox edition I was slightly worried as to how 4J Studios and Mojang would tackle some of the challenges Minecraft brings with it. For example, gaming with a mouse and keyboard often brings its share of bonuses.  Minecraft is also very user friendly as it allows gamers to enhance their play with the addition of mods. A personalized touch can go a long way.

Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalker 2012 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

With ten versatile decks, expanded deck customization, a new game mode and all of the usual Magic: The Gathering goodies, this game is a great deal for its low $10 pricetag. Just like the real card game you will find yourself cursing at the computers amazing topdeck as often as you find yourself cheering your amazing victory that you pulled directly out of your ass. This is Magic at its core.

The Pros: 

+ Expanded deck customization from the original.

+ The regular and revenge campaigns, along with their puzzles, are a lot of fun and can be quite challenging.

+ Great experience for a completionist who can work to unlock all of the decks, cards and achievements.

+ $10 pricepoint

The Cons: 

- The new Archenemy format is more frustrating than fun.

- Multiplayer has some issues such as a lack of players online and some connectivity problems. Rating : 

It is important that I lay some groundwork for this review, I am a very experienced Magic: The Gathering player. I have been playing Magic for more than 15 years and have even done some competing in tournaments. Someone who has never played Magic before may have a different perspective, it would be hard for me to say.

Sheriff Earp's Autopsy: WGX leaked concept

I have decided to start a new feature based on all of the police games and detective shows I've been playing/watching. I will take specific game videos and trailers released and pick apart the aspects of the clip. Whether there is anything that is missed at first glance, or there it's just a nice little video, I will find and document all of the details. Prepare to be dissected world!

Fable III - PC [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The game that is said to be Peter Molyneux's crowning jewel was originally released last fall on consoles. The third and rumoured final game of the Fable franchise sets itself up for greatness. The PC version takes full advantage of all of the things that makes Fable III a complete game. For all of you Fable fans out there, the PC version is the way to go. The console version wasn't shy when it came to bugs and fell flat on numerous graphical aspects. The time it took to release the PC version was well worth the wait, this is the game Fable III was supposed to be.


The Pros: 

+ The sharpest looking Lionhead game EVER!
+ Smooth game play
+ Fast and easy item downloads
+ Xbox controller capable

The Cons: 

- Occasional (but few) animation failures
- Loading times could improve Rating : 


Total War: Shogun 2 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Total War: Shogun 2 is most likely the best Total War game to date. Amazing graphics, fluid gameplay and all the familiarity of the franchise all remain. The only thing that I fear will always plague this game is the learning curve but it still remains a solid title.

The Pros: 

+Stunning graphics and an amazing attention to detail.
+Improved AI over previous titles.
+Improved multiplayer.

The Cons: 

-The game is still rather difficult for a new player to learn. Rating : 

Upon launching into Shogun 2 the first thing you will notice is the graphics. Not only are the animations smooth but the attention to detail is simply stunning. The first time you zoom in on your troops you'll more than likely find yourself swearing aloud; if not something is wrong with you. There is more detail in some of the armor in Total War than I have seen in recent RPG titles, which is a bit insane when you compare one character in an RPG to the hundreds of Total War. In this same vein I think Sega did a tremendous job in capturing the atmosphere of Japanese culture.

Orcs Must Die [PAX East 2011]

It’s been a while since I have found one of those games where I can spend literally 20 minutes or so playing it to kill some time.  Generally you will find me playing a game to get to the end and beat it.  I don't think that'll be the case with Orcs Must Die, and if it is, I feel I'll probably be going back to it a number of times.  Orcs Must Die is a game that you could play to kill a few minutes, or you could play it seriously.  Honestly it’s a damn fun game, with tons of strategizing, great controls, and beautiful graphics.

Dungeon Siege 3 Preview [PAX East 2011]

Dungeon Siege 3 and the folks at Obsidian/Square Enix did not have their own booth in Boston, but that certainly didn't stop them from having a presence. I discovered their little corner of joy in the Alienware booth and I could not say no to some hands on time with the game.

Some Hands on Time With Fallen Frontier [PAX East 2011]

Indy row at PAX is often one of the most fun places to be in the entire convention and you can find some amazing hidden gems in there. One of those gems this year was Fallen Frontier. I got to spend some time talking to the good folks at Moonshot Games and they gave me a hands-on walkthrough of the title. Spoiler alert, it was good.

Guild Wars 2 Hands On [PAX East 2011]

As a follow-up to the NCSoft presentation, I attended an NCSoft party where I was able to get some hands-on time. I made sure to play everything new to the game for PAX East so I created a character from the new race, the Norn, and the new class: The Thief. Read on for the details.

NCSoft Press Presentation [PAX East 2011]

We were privileged enough to be invited to join NCSoft at their behind the scenes presentation for three of their titles, Aion Online, City of Heroes and Guild Wars 2. The first two are existing titles so the presentation revolved largely around upcoming content patches; however, Guild Wars 2 is slated for later this year or early 2012 so we got some tidbits of new information. Read on.

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